James Farris (Big Jim) Wingfield
October 17, 1933 to October 13, 2017
James Farris Wingfield joined his beloved wife Norma in Heaven on October 13, 2017.
Jim was born in Arkdelphia, Arkansas, and lived in Grass Valley, California, before moving to Roseburg, Oregon, in his late teens.
Jim served his county in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Roseburg after his service in 1955, and raised a family with the love of his life, Norma.
Jim was employed all his adult life in the food industry. He worked at Umpqua Dairy and then began a series of jobs working in the grocery store business. A meat cutter by trade, Jim was famous for the quality custom cut meats he served up at Jim’s Market (later it was Gove’s Market). Generations of people in Roseburg, remember Jim as an honest, fair and generous business owner. People would seek out his quality cuts of steaks and roasts.
Jim enjoyed time with his family. He loved fishing, camping, and in his retired years, candy making. Family and friends would look forward to his holiday peanut butter bon bons and fudge. The family has the candy recipes, but it will be very hard to replicate the love that Jim put into his cooking.
Jim loved his family, people in general and animals. He always had a kind word and helped countless people over the years achieve success. His sense of humor was keen and he could see the best in any situation. Stray dogs, cats and an occasional raccoon could always count on Jim for a meal. He could not bear to see suffering of any kind and did what he could to make the world a better place.
Jim was proud to have four children, five grandchildren and four grea-grandchildren.
He was also happy and proud to be a “grampa” to any child who came into his life via friendship or any relation. He loved and cherished them all.
A private family service will be held sometime in the summer. His ashes will be placed with Norma’s as a symbol of their eternal love.
In his last days, Jim received excellent care and attention at the Roseburg VA Hospice.
The family thanks the team at the VA for the compassion and care in his last days.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jim’s name to your local animal shelter.